Dual boot Surface Pro with Ubuntu?

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 on the Surface Pro and now I can't boot into it. Could anyone help me figure out why? Here are the steps I took:

1: Disabled Secureboot in the BIOS

2: Shrank the system partition on the SSD by 10 GB.

3: Burned a bootable 64 bit Ubuntu 13.04 ISO onto a flash drive

4: Rebooted into the flash drive, went through the initial Ubuntu configuration options.

5: In the 10 GB empty space, added a 600 MB logical partition as swap.

6: In the remaining 9.4 GB of empty space, added a primary ext4 partition mounted as /

7: Installed the MBR to the SSD (dev/sda).

8: Finished the installation

Ubuntu finished installing and told me to reboot. I did so and it booted straight into Windows without offering any other boot options. What did I do wrong?

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You have mixed UEFI and BIOS.

Your fstab shows the mounting of the ESP - efi system partition which is FAT32 formatted as sda1.
But you have installed grub for BIOS (incorrectly) into the FAT32 partition's boot sector.
And then you have installed grub to the protective MBR of the gpt partitioned drive, which is only correct if you also have a 1 or 2MB unformulated partition with the bios_grub flag.

Almost all my installs (only desktops) have both the ESP & bios_grub as first two partitions. I started that when I still booted in BIOS mode but thought I might move drive to newer UEFI system. And still do that to newer UEFI system, but more just in case later I want to experiment with BIOS.

You probably want UEFI boot. But I do not know if FAT32 has backup of partition boot sector PBR or BS. If it does then use testdisk to restore like instructions for NTFS.

If not backup sda1's files. Delete sda1, create new sda1 as FAT32 with boot flag to make it a new...

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Hey Shortkilos, I've got a question about step 6. To start off, I'm attempting to install Lubuntu 13.04. While I don't think Lubuntu part matters, perhaps the version does. My choices are either to erase windows & install linux, or 'something else.' According to this guide, that's how it works with 14.04 as well, so I'm going to assume you went through the same procedure detailed in that guide?

My issue is once I get to the actual installation process, I receive an error ~60 seconds in that quits the install. The error message is the 'grub-efi' package failed to install into /target/. Without the GRUB boot loader, the installed system will not boot.

Any suggestions to correct this...

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In my previous post, I said I didn’t have room on my Surface Pro to install Ubuntu alongside Windows. Well, I decided I wanted to take the plunge, so I cleaned up some files and removed the recovery partition to free up space.

Restart into Advanced Startup Options to boot from the USB drive and choose the option to install Ubuntu.

Follow the steps in the installer, but DO NOT connect to wifi. If you do, the installer will freeze randomly. It’s OK to encrypt your home directory. Complete the installation and reboot.

After rebooting, still do not connect to wifi; otherwise, the Surface will freeze randomly when downloading data.

Open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you downloaded the kernel files above. Run the following command:

sudo dpkg -i linux-*.deb

Ubuntu 14.04 uses kernel version 3.19. Unfortunately, under this version of the kernel, the Surface will randomly freeze as described above. This issue does not occur with...

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All of sudden my Surface Pro dual boot Windows Ubuntu 14.04 BROKE.


2. Use rEFInd To Dual Boot Windows 8 And Ubuntu

The rEFInd boot loader works by listing all of your operating systems as icons. You will therefore be able to boot Windows, Ubuntu and operating systems from USB drives simply by clicking the appropriate icon.

To download rEFInd for Windows 8 click here.

After you have downloaded the file extract the zip file.

Now follow these steps to install rEFInd.

Go to the desktop Right click on the start button and choose administrator command prompt Type mountvol g: /s (This maps your EFI folder structure to the G drive) DISKPART> sel vol 3 Volume 3 is the selected volume. DISKPART> assign letter=b: DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

Exit DiskPart tool by entering exit and at the command prompt run the following:

cd /d...
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Surface Pro 3 Intel i7 + 512GB running Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn (Linux 3.17.6)


"Tablets? Why would I want one of those?"

...or so I'd been telling myself for sometime. Although there was always an allure to having a device for streaming media while lounging or on-the-go, I could never convince myself I actually needed to own a tablet. As a programmer, my Ubuntu desktop (as principally antiquated as it might be) covered my productivity needs at home, and when I travel, I would only occasionally touch my laptop, sticking to my phone to read e-mail and watch some YouTube. Why would I ever need another device to carry that falls somewhere between?

Enter the Surface Pro 3.

I had been keeping my eye on the Surface Pro lineage ever since it began, intrigued by its promise of hybrid capabilities: the concept of the tablet now seemed in reach. When I learned how the latest Surface Pro 3 had matured, and that it was capable of dual-booting...

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update 6: I have rolled a new kernel surface-pro-3-linux-kernel-4.2.0-34.40

Good news everyone! the latest version of Ubuntu 15.04 works really good with the Surface Pro 3

Things that immediately work

The TypeCover Keyboard
The TypeCover backlight can be adjusted by pressing F1 and F2
The mute button in the TypeCover F3 works
The WiFi is stable now
The Touch Screen works – with gnome you have similar gestures as windows 8 like pulling from the left , etc.
No need to disable the secure boot

Things that don’t work

The touch pad needs some minor set up
The battery is not recognized
Volume buttons don’t work
buttons in the pen still not working

What you need

A USB Flash drive with at leas 2Gigs of space
A copy of ubuntu 15.04 I used Gnome Ubuntu you can get it here http://ubuntugnome.org/download/
Universal USB Installer...

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